[Coral-List] Dive marshalls

Julie Hawkins julie.hawkins at york.ac.uk
Mon Jan 28 06:46:35 EST 2013

Hi Martina

No it definitely wasn't there - the place I visited was way down in
southern Egypt.



On 25 January 2013 18:31, Martina Milanese
<m.milanese at studioassociatogaia.com> wrote:
> Hi Julie, the place may be Turtle Beach, just on the corner of Marsa Bareka,
> i.e. The large bay at the beginning of the Ras Mohammed NP (coming from
> Sharm).
> I agree on all that you say - I was working there...
> Martina
> On 25/01/13 14.15, "Julie Hawkins" <julie.hawkins at york.ac.uk> wrote:
>> Hi Julian
>> I snorkelled in such a place in Egypt  a couple of years ago (but
>> others were diving there). I can't remember the name of the place for
>> sure but it was something like Turtle Bay and it was reasonably close
>> to Marsa Elam in Southern Egypt. It was a so called protected area and
>> you had to pay a very small sum to get to the site. It could have been
>> as little as 1 Egyptian pound (~ 25 cents). The area of interest to
>> most people was a seagrass bed which contained several turtles and
>> there was a guard (or might have been more) in the water trying to
>> stop people from diving down to hold on to the turtles. Sadly he was
>> completely unable to manage the appalling behaviour of the many who
>> were trying (and succeeding) in grabbing these poor turtles.
>> As an aside when I investigated the reef adjacent to this seagrass
>> area I found as expected horrific levels of coral damage near to the
>> edges. However on venturing just a few a bit further away the damage
>> swiftly disappeared and I encountered some of the most spectacular
>> shallow water reef I have ever seen in the Red Sea. It revealed all
>> you need to know about the damage that divers and snorkellors can do.
>> Cheers
>> Julie
>> On 25 January 2013 05:28, Julian @ Reef Check <julian at reefcheck.org.my> wrote:
>>> Esteemed colleagues
>>> I acknowledge that this is not a scientific coral enquiry, but I think list
>>> readers probably cover most diving locations around the world, so can
>>> perhaps help.
>>> I am doing some research on the issue of dive site management. Does anyone
>>> know of any MPA that is a popular dive site at which the management regime
>>> includes dive marshals whose role it is to follow dive groups and monitor
>>> their activities, and who have the authority to insist divers leave the
>>> water for not "obeying" site rules (eg., touching coral reef with fins or
>>> fingers, interfering with marine life)?
>>> Any information gratefully received.
>>> Regards
>>> Julian Hyde
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Dr Julie Hawkins
Lecturer in Marine Environmental Management
Environment Department
University of York
York YO10 5DD
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